A Canadian oilpatch where the country’s natural gas and coal reserves have been tapped for nearly two decades has a unique set of challenges to dealing with the climate crisis.
In Canada, more than half of the country lives in a low-lying coastal area, and more than 80 percent of the population lives in cities or suburbs.
In the oilpatch, which includes much of Alberta and Saskatchewan, many of the world’s most developed and polluted oil and gas fields are located in densely populated areas, like the area in Calgary where the first-ever Pure Pure Water Enema clinic opened in 2014.
To get an enema or other clean water treatment in Canada, residents must first fill a prescription at a licensed medical doctor’s office.
In Alberta, residents need to get their own prescription, but many in the province don’t have one.
The Alberta government said it will spend $1 billion on new water treatment facilities to meet the growing demand for water in Alberta, the largest province in Canada.
Alberta is also one of only two Canadian provinces where the price of water has risen faster than the price for electricity.
“We’re trying to get water into Alberta at a low cost, so we have to be creative,” said Rob Schumacher, who owns a company called Pure Water Health in Calgary.
“We’re getting in on the ground floor with a plan for water, water treatment, and it’s working.”
Schumacher said he’s been selling a “water and wellness kit” for a few years, but he has also been experimenting with different types of treatments.
For instance, he’s trying to turn the water in his home into a detoxification water, which uses the same chemicals that are used to detoxify a person in the hospital.
“It’s all about the health, the health and wellness of the person, not just the health of the water,” he said.
While the price has been rising for years, the situation has changed drastically over the past decade.
In 2014, Alberta’s electricity and gas prices averaged $US4.10 per kilowatt-hour.
Today, they are at about $US2.50 per kilawatt-hours.
The price of electricity has risen by almost half in the last decade.
Schumachers hydroelectric power system is now producing enough electricity to supply every household in Calgary for about four hours a day.
He said Alberta has been able to build new hydro plants at a faster pace than it had in years, and he expects the number of new hydro projects to continue to grow.
Alberta has a total of about 40 hydroelectric plants, but Schumakers hydroelectric plant generates more than 200 megawatts.
In Calgary, his hydroelectric generating station has the capacity to power more than 2,000 homes.
“The situation in Alberta has changed a lot in the past couple of years, in terms of how much the prices have gone up,” said Schumbeck.
“In a lot of places, people are going to be in a situation where they’re not able to afford it.”
The cost of water in the Alberta oilpatch has also skyrocketed over the last couple of decades, to a point where many people have lost their homes and businesses.
In Edmonton, for example, the average cost of a house is now about $1.5 million, up from about $500,000 in the early 2000s.
Schummbeck said the increased cost of living in Alberta can be a deterrent to many people moving to the province.
“I’m always trying to find ways to keep my house as healthy as possible, to keep the kids and pets as healthy, and that’s hard to do when you’re trying too hard to keep up,” he explained.
“There’s a lot more to a home than just the price.”
The Alberta-born and raised, Schumbs son, Luke, is one of about 150 residents who have moved out of their homes in the oil patch.
In August, the Calgary Housing Authority, which manages housing in the city, said it was investigating a number of cases where people had taken advantage of a “housing crisis.”
The housing authority said it has been unable to reach anyone from the local council.
“This is something that’s going to come out in the court system,” said Mike Koo, the city’s director of housing.
Koo said he has been told that some people have been using the money from the tax on their homes to pay for water and detoxification kits.
He also said that people in the community, including many elderly people, are not being treated in the same way they were in the previous years, because they are not able or willing to pay the same amount of money.
“If you don’t pay for the water, it’s not going to make it to your house, so it’s really not a financial issue,” he added.
But while Koo has been in touch with the